Prepare for exam success at Durham College

Fall has arrived, and it will soon be time for students to take their mid-term exams.

At Durham College (DC), we offer a wide range of services that can help you feel confident and prepared when you enter the exam room.

We’re here to help you succeed. Read on to ensure you’ll be ready when it’s time to put your knowledge to the test.

Access and Support Centre (ASC)

Accessibility is critical at DC. Students with an exceptionality, or who had an individualized education plan (IEP) in high school, can register with the ASC to learn about the resources available to them. At exam time, those resources include quiet spaces to study and assistive technology like screen readers and recording devices.

More information is available online and at the ASC office.

Campus Library

Whether you need to do some research or would just like a quiet place to study, the library is a natural choice.

For a great place to focus, try the Fireside Reading Room, or one of the silent study rooms. If you prefer privacy, group study rooms are available for booking.

You can also take advantage of The Learning Portal. Developed by College Libraries Ontario, it’s full of tools to help you maximize your studying efforts.

Student Academic Learning Services (SALS)

SALS offers a number of academic supports to students who are preparing for their exams.

Appointments with learning specialists are available, as are virtual workshops on test and exam prep. Students can also register for SALS ONLINE, where they’ll find a number of educational modules, including one all about preparing for exams.

Test Centre

If you need a quiet and comfortable place to write your exam, look no further than the Test Centre.  

Students registered with the ASC can make an appointment if they require accommodations that can’t be met in the classroom. Some examples of these accommodations include extra time to complete a test, a quieter location, ergonomic chairs, and readers and scribes who can read and/or write the test at the student’s direction.

Though primarily intended for students with ASC accommodations, exceptions can be made for non-accommodated students with the consent of a teacher.

Students at both the Oshawa and Whitby campuses have access to a test centre on-site, and must book their test time online, at least seven days in advance.

For more information, visit the website.  

Wellness Directory

To perform at your best in the classroom, you need to take care of yourself. Our Wellness Directory puts all of our wellness supports and resources at your fingertips. They’re organized by the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, occupational, social, mental, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and financial. As you prepare for your exams, the intellectual dimension will be particularly helpful, with its focus on goal setting, time management, study habits and more.

With all of these resources at your fingertips, you have everything you need to ace your next exam.

Stay healthy at Durham College with our Wellness Directory

We are here to support all members of our Durham College community. Whether you’re a student or an employee, we want to help you be the best and healthiest version of yourself.

With the recent launch of our new Wellness Directory, we’ve put all of our wellness supports and resources at your fingertips. They’re organized by the eight dimensions of wellness: physical, occupational, social, mental, spiritual, intellectual, environmental and financial. Whatever challenges you’re facing, you’ll find everything you need to manage them with confidence.

Here’s a brief look at each dimension, and how we’re here to help you with each one.

Physical wellness

It’s hard to overstate the importance of taking care of your body. Exercise, proper nutrition, and healthy sleep habits are just some of the important factors that contribute to your physical wellness.

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You can get (and stay) healthy by working out at the Fitness Centre, ensure your nutritional needs are being met at the Durham College Student Association (DCSA) Food Bank, or learn more about wellness at the Campus Rec Resource Library.

Occupational wellness

It’s important to maintain a balance between your work (as a student or professional) and the rest of your life. When you’re in class or at your office, your focus should be on doing your work to the best of your ability. But at the end of the day, you should leave your work behind you and make the most of your leisure time by doing the things that bring you joy and satisfaction.

We have a number of resources that help both students and employees perfect their work/life balance, from Career Development to our range of Employee Supports.

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Social wellness

Are you engaged with your community? Do you have healthy relationships with people who support you and give you a sense of belonging? Learning how to communicate respectfully and relate to all kinds of people is critical for your social well-being.

The DCSA offers students lots of opportunities to get involved, from events to support groups. Our employees have options too, whether they’re just starting their career with us or bringing it to a close.

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Mental wellness

Mental health encapsulates everything from your emotional state to the way you think and feel about the world and your place in it. As we face all of life’s challenges, good mental health allows us to understand, manage and accept our emotions and behaviours.

Are you okay? We want to know. Take part in our Better Together Series, make an appointment to speak to a professional at the Campus Health Centre or visit our Wellness Den.

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Spiritual wellness

Do you feel connected to your culture or community? Is spirituality and religion important to you? It’s important to find a sense of meaning and purpose in your life, no matter where it comes from.

Prayer rooms are available on our campuses for those who wish to make use of them. The First Peoples Indigenous Centre offers opportunities to learn important lessons about history and reconciliation.

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Intellectual wellness

As an institute of higher learning, DC offers many ways for you to expand your knowledge and promote your self-development and self-discovery. Effective goal setting and time management are crucial to your success.

A number of resources are available to help you develop these important skills, from the Institute of Student Leadership and Peer Tutoring to Prep 1000, DC’s online first-year student experience course.

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Environmental wellness

At DC, we want to provide you with welcoming, engaging environments that positively support your well-being. Whether you’re outside interacting with nature or studying indoors, you deserve to feel safe and content.

We are committed to providing safe spaces on our campuses, from Residence to Student Study Spaces and our Wellness Den.

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Financial wellness

Whether you’re a student paying your tuition or an employee supporting your family, matters of finance are bound to be on your mind. Maintaining a healthy relationship between your goals and your financial obligations is crucial to being financially healthy.

Our budget calculator can help you live within your means. Financial Aid and Awards are available for students in need of assistance.

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To learn more about DC’s commitment to your health, see our mental health and well-being framework.